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ISO Transition to the 2015 Standard

Complying with the new standards - ISO 9001:2015 and ISO14001:2015


The revised ISO 9001 and ISO14001 standards were published in September 2015. They are the first significant revisions to the standards since 2000 and 2004 respectively.


The changes (listed below) must be incorporated to your management systems and externally audited by your accredited provider before September 2018.



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How can SMA help?


SMA is a business consultancy focusing exclusively on contract cleaning. We will carry out two tasks:


1. We will review your existing management systems and identify what changes you need to make to meet the 2015 standard (GAP Analysis). If you have an existing manual or documented procedures, we will write any new sections and suggest any new procedures to ensure you are compliant.


2. If you have management systems or manuals for both ISO 9001 and ISO14001, we will integrate these for you into one system. We will speak to your provider beforehand to ensure you will make the saving.

The 2015 changes



  • Greater integration of the standard with the strategic direction of the organisation.

  • Enhanced requirements with regards to top management under a new clause entitled leadership.

  • Introduction of a new requirement to determine risks and opportunities (risk based thinking).

  • Introduction of a new requirement to understand the context of the organisation as well as the expectations of interested parties.

  • More flexibility regarding documentation and documented information.

  • A requirement to define the boundaries of the quality management system.

  • Greater emphasis on achieving desired process results to improve customer satisfaction.

  • A new requirement to manage organisational knowledge.



The key changes in content between ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 14001:2015 are very similar to ISO9001, but also include:

  • Greater focus on protecting the environment and improving environmental performance

  • Introduction of lifecycle thinking

At SMA we completely undertsand that the administration involved in updating your documentation can be a bit daunting and that interpreting the language of the new standards can be tricky.

Save time and money by creating an integrated 9001/14001/45001 Management System and Manual


In updating the standards, one of the key ambitions of the ISO organisation has been to introduce commonality between the clauses in each standard so as to reduce duplication of management tasks, for example management review or internal auditing.


This means you can merge your ISO9001 and 14001 management systems (along with 45001 if you have this)  into one Integrated Quality Management System. There are two benefits to this. Firstly you will save yourself time in managing and internally auditing the system. Secondly you will save on the costs of your annual external audit as the auditors will be auditing one system rather than two or three. Over the years this could amount to several thousand pounds.


At SMA, we are currently writing integrated ISO9001/14001 quality management systems to the 2015 standard and are already saving our clients money.